My hair was a lot of work when I started my hair care journey. A lot of money and time put into my hair was futile because it was put towards stuff that didn't work. It is easy to waste more money on stuff that doesn't work than spend it on stuff that does while you are looking for a staple, perfecting a new method or perfecting a recipe. Once I found my staples, made some of my own recipes and perfected some successful methods for my hair, it became a lot faster and cheaper. I still learn new stuff for my hair and when I do I waste more time and money to find what works for me. Even if I have guidelines of what is successful for other people I still waste time and money perfecting it for myself. I average a 3 hour wash day now. My wash day results can last a day, a week or a month depending on my goal and the outcome. My goal is a month's worth of style. I am not able to calculate a per week amount I spend on my hair because I don't buy on schedule. I can go a year without buying anything, then splurge on something like the Revair, or buy a couple hundred dollars worth of something I like in bulk during a sale. My tools are on the expensive side but they last a really long time when I find a staple tool. Believe it or not, my hair is much cheaper now at hip length than it was at APL while I was learning how to style it natural for the first time. I am pretty sure that is because I don't use as much stuff that doesn't work as I used to and there are things that I am no longer searching for because I found what I was looking for.